Breakfast was a real treat, a nice spread of eggs, bacon, fruit, and breads followed by the introduction to two really special rums. Don Pablo Fernandez has come through again with a pair of premium "breakfast rums". Panama Red is an overproof rum that has an enjoyable flavor and is fully sipable. Panamonte is a high end ultra premium rum that is almost beyond description. There seems to be some magic in the Panama that keeps fantastic rum emerging from this little strip of land in Central America.
The first round of rum judging featured aged rums. This was a good way to start the event. Sometimes it is hard to judge a bunch of flavored or spiced rums right off the bat. It was good to bet back into the judging environment again and really concentrate on the rums and be able to put all of my preconceived notions aside and just taste the rums.